South Louisiana is famous around the world for its cuisine, and some of the best food in the area can be found near Henderson, Louisiana. Cajun people have perfected the French inspired cuisine of their ancestors. Located just 50 miles from the Gulf Mexico, the region is known for its fresh seafood, rice dishes, large, slow cooked cuts of meat and spicy seasonings.

Whether you are visiting or arriving for an airboat swamp tour at Atchafalaya Basin Airboat Swamp Tours, you are spending the weekend in your RV, or you are just stopping through for a quick bite to eat, Henderson, Louisiana has something for all tastes and people of all ages.

Seafood Near Henderson, Louisiana

As mentioned, South Louisiana has some of the freshest gulf seafood in the United States. If you are looking for raw oysters, Pat’s Fisherman’s Wharf in Henderson has a special instrument behind their bar that allows the oysters to be shucked perfectly on every pop, ensuring a clean, grit free product that keeps locals and travelers coming back for more. The rule of thumb in the south is generally to eat oysters in months that have the letter “r” in them.

If you are craving some fine dining with a Cajun twist, The St. John Restaurant in St. Martinville, LA is a family owned gem, featuring decadent crab cakes, seafood dishes, a la carte sides, pasta, and more. For those who don’t like seafood, or may be allergic to it, CafĂ© Sydnie Mae in downtown Breaux Bridge offers several options, including burgers, salads and steaks.

Boiled crawfish season in Cajun country is typically from Christmas to Memorial Day, but can fluctuate due to weather conditions, supply, demand, and other intricate factors. It’s always best to call ahead and ask the restaurant when they start and stop serving this spicy delicacy that has spread like wildfire in popularity all over the southern U.S. Crawfish tail meat is typically available year round in dishes like etoufee, fettuccini, and seafood boudin. Our favorite spots near Henderson for boiled crawfish are Crawfishtown U.S.A., Crazy Bout Crawfish, and Myran’s in Arnaudville.

Other seafood restaurants we can’t get enough of in St. Martin Parish are Little Big Cup in Arnaudville and Kajun King in St. Martinville. 

Chicken, Burgers, Boudin and More Near Henderson, LA

Henderson has some great, down home spots for burgers and chicken like grandma used to make. Chicken on the Bayou features fresh fried chicken on their menu daily, and Jeaux Biff’s makes one of the tastiest cheeseburgers in town. If you are searching for boudin, our world-famous rice and pork sausage, look no further than Poche’s for their world famous boudin and pork skin cracklins.

Buck N Johnny’s Pizza in Breaux Bridge typically features live music and an eclectic menu with enough variety to please even the pickiest little eaters. The Filling Station at Cajun Fast Track is a great place to stop for a quick lunch if you are in an RV or camper. Speaking of live music, Taunte Marie in Breaux Bridge brews a mean cup of espresso and features live music on different days of the week, check their programming schedule on their Facebook page. 

The newest addition to our Henderson family of restaurants and diners is La Rumba Mexican Grill. Located just off the Henderson Exit at I-10, this casual mexican restaurant offers dozens of different margaritas, chips and salsa, soups, entrees and more. The vibe is tropical and bright, and the servers are always trying to guarantee that you and your loved ones have a great time.

Next time you are near Henderson, Louisiana, please support our wonderful local restaurants, and tell ’em Tucker sent you!